San Francisco 49ers

Kaepernick pledges $1 million toward cause

SAN DIEGO -- Colin Kaepernick on Thursday said he'd spend the first $1 million he earns this season on groups that are combating the same inequalities he's taking a stand against with his anthem protest.

"I've been very blessed to be in this position and to be able to make the kind of money I do," Kaepernick said after San Francisco's 31-21 win against the Chargers. "And I have to help these people. I have to help these communities. It's not right that they're not put in a position to succeed or given those opportunities to succeed."

Kaepernick will earn at least $12.3 million this season. He would not specify which groups he's looking to support, saying only, "We've had a lot of discussions in that area."

Kaepernick took a knee during the singing of the national anthem Thursday. Teammate Eric Reid kneeled beside him while Seahawks Jeremy Lane also did not stand before his team's game Thursday.

Kaepernick said his cause would not detract from his role on the 49ers. Coach Chip Kelly has said throughout training camp that Kaepernick is as dedicated as anyone on the team.

"I spend 10, 11, 12 hours a day on football," Kaepernick said. "This is something we're doing in our personal lives as far as taking a stand and trying to fight for people's rights."

Asked what his goal was, Kaepernick said: "The dream result would be equality, justice for everybody. This is really something about human rights. It's about the people."

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